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Fox Sports Stewart Mandel: Ohio State over Alabama For No. 1

Alabama is the No. 1 team in the country. The Crimson Tide are the top-ranked team in both polls.

Fox Sports' college football expert Stewart Mandel thinks that Ohio State, not Alabama, might actually be the best team in the country.

Mandel explained his thinking in a recent column for Fox Sports, which you can read in full here.

Both Alabama and Ohio State are undefeated, and while the Crimson Tide have a more impressive resume, the Buckeyes might be the more-impressive team.

Through Saturday (before the rescheduled Georgia-South Carolina game), the Buckeyes ranked No. 2 nationally in total defense (3.7 yards per play) and scoring defense (10.3 points per game), No. 3 in scoring offense (53.2 points per game), No. 4 in turnover margin (+1.6 per game) and No. 5 in offensive yards per game(537.6)

Alabama’s got plenty of impressive statistics of its own, but none higher than Ohio State’s in any of those categories.

But why break it down by department when there are computers that rank the teams’ overall performances?

Jeff Sagarin has it Ohio State No. 1, Alabama No. 2. So does Bill Connelly’s S&P+ efficiency ratings.

Of course, the polls don't matter right now. The only rankings that matter is the College Football Playoff top 25, and that doesn't come out until next month.

This weekend is a big one for both Alabama and Ohio State, though. The Crimson Tide are set to play at Tennessee while the Buckeyes are traveling to Madison to play Wisconsin.

[Fox Sports]